September 1, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartans!

We are off to another great year with higher than projected enrollment numbers as we are currently around 1085. As classes fill up, we would like to remind parents and students as we get going that we have several supports to help promote success. 

The Parent and Student Portals for Infinite Campus are great resources when looking for missing assignments. Also, we have tutoring that will again be in the library this year from 3-4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these hours and any off period students may have as we are excited that the library is open full time this year. 

Another great way for students to see success is to get connected with clubs, sports, and other activities going on at TJ! We would like to see all of our students connect in one way or another. Please remember to put September 7th on your calendar for Back to School Night.
See you soon!

Hola Spartans!
Hemos empezado otro gran ano con altas proyecciones de registración, estamos actualmente a 1085.  Mientras se llenen las clases, nos gustaría de recordarle a los padres y estudiantes los varios soportes para ayudar a promover el éxito. 

El portal de padres y estudiantes de Infinite Campus (IC) es un gran recurso cuando quieran saber de tareas que faltan.  Además, tenemos la tutorial de nuevo en la biblioteca este ano de 3-4 de la tarde los lunes, martes, y jueves.  Animamos a todos que aprovechen de estas horas y cualquier periodo que no tengan clases como estamos emocionados que la biblioteca esta abierta tiempo complete este ano.  

Otra gran manera que los estudiantes puedan ver éxito es de conectarse con los clubs (grupo de estudiantes), deportes, y otras actividades que están sucediendo en TJ!  Nos gustaría ver a todos los estudiantes conectarse de una u otra manera.  Por favor, recuerden de poner el 7 de septiembre en sus calendarios para Noche de Regreso a la Escuela.
Nos vemos pronto!

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Save the Date
Back to School Night
Please note that Back to School and Information Night will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 5-7 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!
DPS Lead Testing
Denver Public Schools and Denver Water are partnering in a proactive effort to sample drinking water in all DPS buildings to ensure it meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for schools. In recent months, there have been a number of news stories about high lead levels in school drinking water. Lead isn't present in the water Denver Water sends to our schools, but lead can get into water as it moves through lead-containing plumbing and fixtures.  While we do not have the evidence at this time that our schools have elevated levels of lead in their water supply, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  Click here to read more. 
Kudos Korner
  • Congratulations to the  411 students who made the honor roll last spring! These dedicated Spartans worked hard to maintain a 3.0 GPA (and above!) for the spring semester and were honored in an all-school assembly on Wednesday, Aug. 31. 
Keep up the good work, Spartans!
Get Geared Up !

Get your Spartan Gear at the Online Spirit Store!
New TJ PopSockets, athletic gear, clothing and stadium gear is available is the Spartan Spirit Store online at The store will also be setup at many of the TJ events this year including back to school night and the first HOME football game at All City Field on Sept 2nd 4pm. No physical store at the school but your online order can be picked up at school or you can make arrangements for pickup from Whalen house or shipping or drop off at your house. 

The store is run by the PTO organization and helps fund teacher grants for classroom supplies, field trips, equipment and more!

NEW THIS YEAR - PopSockets for your phone, Soffee women's capri pants, Under Armour Stripe tech TJ shirts and UA Stripe Tech Spartan Football shirts, UA Women's TJ ankle zip sweatpants, TJ Stadium chairs, TJ stadium blankets, Full Zip hooded sweatshirts, and more!
Look for the popup Spirit Store at all major school events!

Seniors also have an online store for T-shirts, PopSockets, donations and tickets for fundraisers and events throughout the year.
The TJ Library wants YOU!
We are thrilled to announce that the TJ library will be open for students Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

HOWEVER, please note that it will be closed today, September 1, 2016 for the afternoon beginning after lunch.
Parent/Student Portal - Please Sign Up!
If you haven't signed up for the Parent/Student Portal, please do so ASAP!
2. Click the "getting started" tab on the top
3. Fill out the form on the left with your name, e-mail address, phone number, student name, school ID number (lunch number) and student's 8 digit date of birth. Click "submit."
4. Create your username and password. Click "submit."
5. You will receive an e-mail immediately from the DPS Portal Team with a link to activate your account.
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your support in keeping our attendance at its best!
National Honor Society Meeting - Save the Date!
The first National Honor Society (NHS) Meeting for this year will be Wednesday September 7  during Lunch, 11:00 am in Room 125. Be sure to attend and start collecting those community service hours....See you Sept 7!
Stay Connected with TeamApp
Class of 2017 and Spartan Football have setup teams on the free app called "TeamApp." Stay connected with News, Events, Photos, Chats, Newsletters, Live Football game scores and more through this very easy to use phone app.  Download TeamApp to your phone or connect on a computer, become a member and login. Search for  TJ Class of 2017  and/or  TJHS Football  and join these teams to keep updated throughout the year, share photos and stay connected.
Clothes to Kids Donations
Denver Classroom Teachers Association is pairing with Clothes to Kids, an organization that gives free clothes to students in Denver on Free and Reduced Lunch. TJ is stepping up to help DCTA in this effort! Clothes to kids has certain "high needs" items that they never get enough of in donations. Unused socks and underwear are some of these high needs items. Through September TJ will be supporting the DCTA clothing drive by collecting unused socks and underwear to donate. Collection boxes will be placed in classrooms through September. We will also have collections at our Back to School night, on September 7th. As you come to meet your child's teachers, bring some unused socks and underwear with you to donate to Denver students! Clothes to kids donates clothes to school children, so bring clothes for kids between the ages of 5 and 18. Stay tuned as the TJ Leadership students roll out their plan gather donations. For more information visit the websites below or contact Elizabeth McMahon in the math department.
Grief and Loss Support Group for Students
Thomas Jefferson High School  is hoping to  offer a grief and loss support group for students who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will be facilitated by a counselor from Judi's House. Judi's House is an organization that specializes in the healing process for children and families. If your student is interested in participating in this group, please call the school social work office at:  Samanda Davis  (720)-423-7072
For more information about Judi's House, please visit: 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Greetings, TJ Community!

This year, we are excited to announce that the mental health staff at Thomas Jefferson High School will be issuing Mental Health and Social Emotional Tips through the TJ Journal Newsletter!

The intention of these tips is to help our entire community support academic, social and emotional growth and achievement. We are their village, and together we can make significant and positive impacts on their overall well-being.

If you have a topic you would like to suggest for us to cover or would like to know more about a specific topic, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to a great year.

~ Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP - School Psychologist and Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW- Social Worker
Mental Health & Social Emotional Tip #2
~ Exercise ~
How Important is EXERCISE for Your Teen?
Our days are full with so many commitments and activities that we often skip or ignore taking care of our bodies. But our bodies are so important for keeping us going! We can encourage and model healthy physical activity and exercise for our kids.
Just how impactful is regular exercise for our overall health?

Physical activity can:
-         Improve mental health and overall mood
-         Improve academic achievement in students
-         Keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age
-         Reduce the risk of depression and anxiety (it is a great coping skill!)
-         Improve sleep
-         Increase life expectancy
-         Help you manage weight
-         Reduce the risk of some health problems (cancer, type-2 diabetes, heart disease)

How are we doing with this?
-         In the United States : Less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of               physical activity every day.
-         At TJHS (2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey): Only 44% of students surveyed reported           exercising with some physical activity at least five days/week.

So Let's Problem Solve:
-         Make it fun! Exercise doesn't need to be a chore.  Enjoy walking with friends and pets,                gardening, dancing, pick-up games with friends, organized team-sports, hiking, etc.
-         Make a commitment- working out or scheduling physical activity with someone else will               hold you both more accountable.
-         Build it in to your routine/daily expectations
-         Use smartphone applications to keep track activity, monitor progress and for exercise                  ideas/tips
-         If you need motivation, make it a competition in the house!
If you want to learn more about keeping you and your child physically active, enjoy this resource:
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip#2: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( ); National Association of School Psychologists (
Senior Fundraisers
The Senior class is holding several fundraisers this year to pay for an After-Prom event and to help fund the Senior Prom.  So please be on the lookout for these fun events and exclusive offers throughout the year and support Class of 2017.
Senior Photos - Professional photographer, Gina Theilmann, has offered to donate $50 to the Class of 2017 fund for each Senior portrait session booked with her. Pictures are due for Seniors by Oct 9th. A $350 Session Includes: Time and travel to photo shoot
Creating your images and transferring to a flash drive, Yearbook image for senior book 
Authorization and release to print any/all images.

No minimum order of photos. See examples of her work here and contact Gina to schedule. See examples of her work here. Gina can be reached at 952-913-0906.
Class of 2017 T-Shirts - Don't miss out! Class shirts and stickers still available online at or contact Laura Whalen, 303-681-7226 or 
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2017 - Seniors
Parents of Seniors / Class of 2017 
Save the date!
Sipping for Seventeen Parent Night
Sept 17, 2016, 7-10pm
$20 per person

Co-hosted by:
Weiskopfs and Tennants

Colorado Mixology 101   - join this back to school event in support of senior year activities.  More info to follow.   Thanks for helping to make TJ great!

Seniors - get TeamApp and join the TJ 2017 team for information, photos, updates and the latest news that Seniors need.
TJ Class of 2017 now has their own Smartphone App. It'll keep you up-to-date with your Class news, events, schedules and much more.
To get the full features of the App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone. 
Download Team App here . It's 100% FREE. 
You can also access the team from any web browser on a computer via
Senior Gear - get your Senior PopSocket and 2017 T-shirt online at
Senior Photos for Yearbook  - Due by Oct 9th
Stay CONNECTED - TeamApp -  TJ Class of 2017  , Twitter  @ 2017tjhs, facebook TJHS 2017 Spartan Support -

Thanks for helping to make TJ and the Class of 2017 Great!
Class of 2018 - Juniors
  • Class of 2018 parents--this is the year we get big in our fundraising efforts so our kiddos have a big senior year. A planning meeting is being scheduled for the next week or two, so please email if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Sophomores
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • The class of 2020 is looking for parent liaisons to work with TJ on fundraising, community building, etc and to come to first PTO meeting on September 13 to find out more.
New TJ Pop Sockets are here!
Show your Spartan Pride with the new TJ PopSockets for your phone or tablet or any mobile device.

Buy individually or save by buying 2 for $16.00. Special Class of 2017 edition available too.
Add a single or pair to the back of almost any mobile device to transform its capabilities. PopSockets "pop" whenever you need a grip, a stand, an earbud-management system, or just something to play with.
Available at the Spartan Spirit Store online! 
TJ Food Pantry
Thomas Jefferson High School is proud and excited to inform you that we have a food pantry. The food pantry's purpose is to help students and their families have enough food over the weekends. If you receive reduced or free lunch, you and your family are eligible to receive food from the food pantry.  If you would like to enroll or have any further questions, please contact Samanda Davis at 720-423-7072 or .  You can also visit her in the special support office.   This program is confidential and the names of students and families will remain private.
Resources for Families
Clothing Resource: 
Clothes To Kids, a non-profit dedicated to getting school clothes to needy kids from pre-school through 12 th  grade - at no cost to the families.  They have an upbeat store in the south University Hills shopping area at Colorado Blvd and Amherst - next to Chez Artiste and under Tuesday Morning.  Students qualify if they qualify for FRL, if they have a referral letter from a school, social service agency, counseling center or church, and if they have a crisis such as homelessness or displacement
School Supplies:
Social Worker, Samanda Davis has school supplies in her office if a student is in need.  No appointment necessary however her days in the building are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. 
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
News from the Future Center
For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage!
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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